Commencement 2009

Physicist, Biologist Named
2009 Wittke Award Recipients

Case Western Reserve University recognizes excellence demonstrated by professors in the classroom with the annual Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Two teachers from the College of Arts and Sciences are this year's recipients: Corbin Covault, associate professor of physics, and Nancy DiIulio, instructor of biology.

Nominators for both Covault and DiIulio praised their ability to inspire and connect with students. Read more.

Campus News


Applications are now available online for the Case Western Reserve chapter of the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP). In 2004 and 2005, the NYSP program at Case Western Reserve was nominated as the number one program in the nation.


Case Western Reserve University's Emerging Infections Committee continues to monitor swine flu conditions and provide updates to help students, faculty, staff and visitors avoid contracting this new strain of the flu. No cases of swine flu have been reported on campus. Additional information is available on the university's emerging infections Web site.

For Faculty and Staff

The Blackboard system will be down for maintenance from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, May 16. Users will not be able to access Blackboard during this time period, so users are advised to plan their course activities accordingly. The Blackboard system should be available again for use by 9 p.m. that evening. Questions can be referred to the system administrators at

For Students


The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is offering two International Study/Travel three-credit hour courses to El Salvador and Bangladesh during winter break 2009. For spring break 2010, courses will take students to the Netherlands, Israel and Guatemala, and in May 2010 to Ecuador. Courses have been approved as Global and Cultural Diversity electives. The programs are open to all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty, alumni and professionals. Contact Deborah Jacobson at 368-6014 for more information.


The School of Law's LL.M. in U.S. and Global Legal Studies Program is co-sponsoring the French American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) Northern Ohio Chapter's first meeting for its Young Professionals Group from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 21, at the Ritz-Carlton, downtown Cleveland. Yannick Le Couedic, executive director of FACC Ohio, will update attendees on the numerous activities the chamber has been working on to grow relationships. The event also is designed for attendees to network and learn more about the business and cultural relationships between France and Northern Ohio. Contact Scott Guye by e-mail to register for the event.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

Data Center Renovations

The final phases of the data center renovation project involve moving individual data servers, which may result in periodic planned outages for some information technology services. Server and application administrators will alert affected users.

Thursday, May 14:

  • Internet caching servers, some degraded internet performance
  • Network management servers, network performance graphs unavailable
  • DNS server, DNS updates to remote DNS servers unavailable (4 to 6 a.m.)
  • DNS services to off-campus will be unavailable (4 to 6 a.m.)
  • DHCP servers, redundant server, minimal impact expected

Saturday, May 16:

Installation of New Network Security Switches

  • Redundant Network Switches, no outages expected
Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

May 13, 2009

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Case in the News

Researchers testing whether blue-white light could counter dementia

MedCity News, May 12, 2009
Cleveland-area researchers are preparing a study at two long-term care facilities to determine whether new fluorescent lighting developed by GE can regulate circadian rhythms. Researchers from Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and the School of Medicine, the Cleveland VA Medical Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lighting Research Center, and GE Consumer & Industrial are participating in the project. Related article.

Nurses in America still in-demand in down economy

Voice of America, May 8, 2009
At the height of World War II, as U.S. troops fought fierce battles in Asia, Africa and Europe, Americans back on the home front were facing a severe shortage of skilled nurses. In response, the U.S. Congress drafted legislation designed to make the nursing profession more accessible, especially to women and racial minorities. May Wykle is dean of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. She believes her profession is thriving.

Too busy? 14 time-savers that hurt your health, May 12, 2009
It's no secret that leading a healthy lifestyle often feels like it takes more time than most of us have. So found a survey by the American Public Health Association in which 34 percent of adults said they were too busy to fit in things they knew were good for them, like eating right and exercising regularly. Thomas L. Steinemann, associate professor of ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University, comments on the dangers of sleeping in contacts.

Higher Ed News

Eight keys to a graduation speech with pomp and significance

USA TODAY, May 13, 2009
A good commencement speech walks a fine line. It addresses graduates but will be heard by family, friends, faculty and the wider community. It should be memorable—but only for the right reasons.